Most often, molluscum contagiosum can be diagnosed by visual examination. If needed, the rash may be scraped and the sample is examined microscopically.
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No. The virus has to run its course.
Viral. The infection is caused by the molluscum contagiosum virus - a member of the poxvirus family.
Removal. Sometimes no treatment is given. Other times the bumps are removed (scraping, laser, freezing).
6 to 12 months. Untreated symptoms can disappear in 6-12 months.
No. Sexual activity should be avoided until all symptoms have resolved.
Yes. People can be re-infected with the virus repeatedly.